Backwoods Repair Gear
I spend a lot of time outdoors: canoeing, backpacking, fishing, camping—you name it. And as a DIYer, I feel compelled to carry a repair kit wherever I go.
Of course, the kit varies depending on the trip, but here are a few items I often carry. Some are pretty obvious, like duct tape, paracord, zip ties and a multi-tool.
But the others aren't: A piece of aluminum tube that can slide over a broken tent pole can be a trip saver. A lightweight magnifier will actually allow you to see what you're doing when you make small repairs.
And thin wire is one of the most useful items you can carry. Wrap it, twist it, "sew" with it.... It's strong, heat proof and doesn't stretch. I've used it dozens of times, for fixing everything from my boot to a canoe.